Another minister visits Mandela

2013-06-24 19:24
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(Alexander Joe, AFP)

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Pretoria - Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu arrived at the Pretoria hospital on Monday, where former president Nelson Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection.

She arrived just after 18:00 in a black Mercedes-Benz with flashing blue police lights.

Minutes earlier some of Mandela's relatives left the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital, where the elder statesman is in a critical condition.

First seen leaving on Monday was grandson Ndaba Mandela, who arrived shortly after Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and daughter Zindzi Mandela.

Moments after his departure, daughter Makaziwe Mandela left in a red Range Rover.

Soon afterwards Madikizela-Mandela got into the car she arrived in.

A Putco bus blocked the media's view of the entrance as the car left the premises.

Earlier in the day, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and UDM leader Bantu Holomisa arrived separately at the hospital.

"The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical," presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement on Sunday night.

Addressing the media at what was initially meant to be an off-the-record editors' briefing on Monday, Zuma said Mandela's condition had not changed.

"Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital and doctors are doing everything possible to ensure his well-being and comfort," Zuma said in Johannesburg.

He and deputy ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa visited Mandela at the hospital on Sunday night.

"I was told by the doctors that Madiba's health had changed in the past 24-hours and he was now critical," Zuma said.

"We had a discussion with the doctors and his [Mandela's] wife, Graça Machel... and then we left."

Zuma said he was not in a position to give further details.

Mandela’s condition

In reply to a question about Mandela's condition, Zuma reiterated: "I am not a doctor. When a person is critical, he is critical. I am not in a position to say how critical."

Mandela, 94, was admitted to hospital on 8 June for treatment of a recurring lung infection.

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